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Methods to Manage Vendor Bills in NetSuite


Managing vendor bills is an essential part of any business. As businesses grow, so does the volume of financial transactions that need to be managed, including vendor bills.

Entering Vendor Bills in NetSuite

NetSuite, a popular cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, offers powerful tools for managing financial processes, but entering vendor bills in the UI can still be time-consuming and tedious, especially if you have a large number of bills to process or complex data to input.

CSV Import of Vendor Bills to NetSuite

CSV import is another option for entering vendor bills into NetSuite but this can also be time-consuming. Two imports would be required to complete this process, one for purchase orders and one for the related vendor bill. Each individual import would need to have an external ID mapped. The external ID on the vendor bill needs to match the external ID imported on the associated purchase order.

Using CloudExtend to Manage Vendor Bills in NetSuite

CloudExtend Excel offers an efficient and user-friendly way to enter vendor bills in NetSuite. CloudExtend is a powerful add-in that seamlessly integrates Excel with NetSuite, a leading cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. This innovative tool allows you to enter and manage vendor bills directly from Excel, providing you with a familiar interface to streamline your workflow.

One of the main advantages of using CloudExtend Excel is its ability to enhance your productivity and efficiency. With this tool, you can easily create, edit, and import vendor bills from Excel into NetSuite, eliminating the need for manual data entry or copying and pasting information. CloudExtend Excel also provides advanced functionalities, such as bulk uploading of bills, automatic data validation, and error checking, which can significantly reduce the time and effort required to process vendor bills. This allows your finance team to focus on other important tasks, resulting in increased productivity and faster bill processing times.

Examples of Managing Bills from Vendors in NetSuite
Allocating Vendor Bills with Large Sets of Data by Department

Many vendor bills require that costs be allocated to certain departments. An example of this is corporate cell phone bills. These bills typically will have one total with separate charges for each employee. To accurately account for departmental costs down to the employee level the AP team would need to enter one bill with hundreds of lines (one for each employee) and then code those to a specific department. With CloudExtend, the AP team can download the phone bill and transform it into a CloudExtend Excel-based template, review it, and upload it to NetSuite. All this happens in seconds vs an hour or more to account for the same data manually.

Uploading Credit Card Statements to NetSuite

Most credit card transactions do not yet exist in the ERP and need to be accounted for each month. Export your credit card statement to Excel (almost every credit card company offers this option). Once in Excel, you have a powerful number of tools available to you. Combine these with CloudExtend Excel Data Management for NetSuite and you can import a month’s worth of credit card transactions in less than 5 minutes (and yes, get that game of golf in). Keep a running list of all the merchants and their associated G/L accounts (Sunoco = Auto Expense: Fuel). Then use a macro to get the data into a CloudExtend Journal Entry. Choose to have one Journal Entry created for each transaction or import the entire credit card statement as one Journal Entry.

Uploading Credit Card Statements to NetSuite Video

Enhanced Accuracy, Flexibility, and Customization When Managing Vendor Bills in NetSuite 

Accuracy is crucial in financial management to avoid costly errors and financial discrepancies. With CloudExtend Excel, you can ensure that your vendor bills are entered accurately into NetSuite. The tool validates data before you upload, checking for errors, inconsistencies, and duplicates before uploading the bills into NetSuite. This helps to reduce the risk of human errors, such as data entry mistakes or typos, which can lead to inaccurate financial records and reconciliation issues. By improving data accuracy, CloudExtend Excel helps you maintain clean and reliable financial data in NetSuite, ensuring that your books are always up-to-date and accurate.

CloudExtend Excel offers a high level of flexibility and customization, allowing you to tailor the tool to your specific business needs. You can easily configure the add-in to match your existing vendor bill templates with support for custom fields, or create new ones, ensuring that the bills entered in Excel align with your company’s requirements.


CloudExtend Excel offers a cost-effective solution for entering vendor bills in NetSuite. Compared to other methods, such as manual data entry or using NetSuite’s built-in interfaces, CloudExtend Excel can save time and effort, reduce the risk of errors, and improve data accuracy and efficiency. Moreover, CloudExtend Excel offers a subscription-based pricing model, which allows businesses to choose the plan that best fits their needs and budget, and avoid upfront costs or expensive customization fees.

Using CloudExtend Excel for NetSuite for entering vendor bills can greatly enhance your accounts payable process. It improves efficiency, reduces errors, increases flexibility, provides improved visibility, enhances collaboration, and can result in cost savings for your business.